variorum

noun
var·​i·​o·​rum | \ ˌver-ē-ˈȯr-əm How to pronounce variorum (audio) \

Definition of variorum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an edition or text with notes by different persons
2 : an edition containing variant readings of the text

variorum

adjective

Definition of variorum (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to or being a variorum a variorum edition also : variant variorum readings

First Known Use of variorum

Noun

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1763, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for variorum

Noun

borrowed from Latin variōrum "of various persons," (genitive plural masculine of varius various entry 1) in the New Latin phrase cum notīs variōrum "with the notes of various persons"

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“Variorum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/variorum. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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